Glamorgan University launches paralegal degree

The University of Glamorgan has bowed to increasing demand from the legal profession by rolling out a degree in paralegal studies.

The new course, which is the first of its kind in Wales, was developed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and Skills for Justice in response to a greater need for skilled and qualified paralegals in the legal market.

Deputy head of the school of law Richard Owen said: “The degree has been designed to provide students with a flexible, work-related learning experience that will equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in the legal sector.

“Throughout the course students will be encouraged to transfer their learning directly to and from the work environment. This approach benefits both employers and students as course content and assessment methods are based on work-related knowledge and skills.”

Students wishing to undertake the new foundation degree will be given the option to progress to a top-up honours degree in law at the university.

The news comes as Skills for Justice continues its work with the legal profession to create national standards to sit at the heart of a structured paralegal apprenticeship programme (2 November 2011).